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Climate Change & Environment

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The threat of climate change and global warming, fueled by relentless commercialization and excessive consumption, has turned into a fighting ground for both policymakers and concerned citizens. The coming decade is set to determine not only a collective response to reducing carbon emissions, but the entire future direction for international development and the global justice movement.

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Who Will Control the Green Economy?

The vision of a bio-based economy may promise to solve the problems of peak oil and climate change, but green 'techno-fixes' are spurring an even greater concentration of corporate power over the world's food system. This threat is more urgent than ever before, says a report by the ETC Group.

Proposal of Bolivia to Rio+20: The Rights of Nature

In the build-up to the Rio conference in 2012, the state of Bolivia defines what 'sustainable development' should really mean, beginning with an equitable distribution of the wealth that is possible under the limits of the Earth system. By the World People’s Conference on Climate Change nd the Rights of Mother Earth

The Durban Platform: Failing People and Planet

After two weeks of negotiations in Durban, governments at the COP17 talks agreed to work towards a new legally binding treaty to enter into force by 2020. But with the window to act to contain catastrophic climate change closing, this outcome could prove devastating for the planet and its poorest inhabitants.

Assessing the Durban Mandate

With the crucial second week of the COP17 climate talks in Durban underway, negotiations are focussed on reaching a new binding global agreement to reduce emissions. If finalised, will the so-called Durban Mandate be a step forward, or will it negate years of progress?

The Path to Success in Durban

As the COP17 climate talks begin this week in Durban the main focus will be on the future of the Kyoto Protocol. Is a binding global agreement the only option, or should governments be seeking alternative ways to ensure emissions reductions? Views from Vandana Shiva, David King, Achim Steiner and Pablo Solón.

World Energy Outlook 2011: Time Is Running Out

The infrastructure built over the next five years could "lock in" enough emissions to push global warming beyond 2 degrees Celsius. If we don’t change direction, the world will lose forever the chance to avoid dangerous climate change, warns a report by the International Energy Agency.

“We Are Already Living on Borrowed Time”

Over the past 20 years, we have failed to change the direction of development in the face of looming ecological limits. Rio+20 is a chance for governments to rethink policies based on a new 'sustainability rights' framework, says the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives.

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